Traders to observe shutter down strike from 13th (Saturday)

PESHAWAR: The traders in the province to hold a complete shutter down strike on July 13 against the imposition of additional taxes, documentation for retailers, crackdown, unfair fines and other taxes imposed in federal and provincial budget fiscal year 2019-20.

The traders criticized the government’s budgetary measures and asked it to withdraw additional taxes and stop different departments, including the Federal Board of Revenue, from ‘harassing’ the businessmen. They’ve demanded of the government to address grievances of business community otherwise, further deterioration will occur to the economy.

The call for national-wide shutter down strike was given by the all Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tajran strike from July 13. The association has announced that they would keep all shops and markets closed on Saturday and warned that the strike would continue indefinitely if the additional taxes are not withdrawn.

A strike of steel mills association is already underway in tribal districts of the province where they have closed their units rendered hundreds of workers jobless. The steel mill owners have warned that they will come on the road after the July 20 polls in Tribal districts.

SCCI to support traders’ July 13 strike

The Executive Committee of Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) extended full support to the traders strike. The decision was taken through a unanimous resolution during a meeting of the chamber executive body, chaired by SCCI President Faiz Muhammad Faizi, which was held at a local hotel in Swaton Friday. The trading community in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will observe strike today (July 13) against the government’s tough budgetary measures in the next fiscal year.

The meeting accorded approval for the establishment of Election Commission to hold the SCCI election for the year 2019-20. It was also given approval of schedule for the chamber election.  On the occasion, MD SIDB Ghazanfar Ali briefed the participants about setting up the proposed Small Industrial Estate in Swat along with different development projects.

During the meeting, the SMEDA provincial chief, Rashid Aman though a multi-media presentation briefed the participants about SME development and Economic Revitalization of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata (ERKF) project along with other schemes for the promotion of small businesses and enterprises in the Swat. While the TEVTA Director Nazir Ahmad informed regarding performance of Technical and Vocational Institute in Swat and other initiatives.